Here in the DMV (that’s DC – Maryland – Virginia for folks outside of the mid-Atlantic), there are a slew of farmer’s markets, outdoor markets, and flea market-style shopping establishments on the weekends. Rumor has it there’s even a Friday evening farmer’s market (with live music! So hip) in Petworth … hmm, adventures for the future …
Anyhoo — one of my absolute favorites is Eastern Market in Capitol Hill. The Hill, aside from that little white domed building you may know, is over in Southeast DC. It’s also one of the older neighborhoods in the city, with great architecture and lots of leafy trees.
Just off of Pennsylvania Avenue (yup, THAT Pennsylvania Avenue, though a walk from the White House to 7th street SE would more than earn you a hefty breakfast at the market), Eastern Market arguably the most famous of DC’s open-air markets, and with good reason! It has four main sections:
- The South Hall Market, a gorgeous old brick building that houses most of their food vendors. I bought kimchi here once, and it was to DIE for. Mmm, food memories.
- The North Hall Events Space, which is more of a community center for the locals. Events here are rotating, and you can check out a schedule here.
- What they call the Weekend Farmers Line, an outdoor section with loads of GORGEOUS produce. I think I ate two or three servings of fruit and veg just from the samples! You can find a list of vendors here.
- And lastly, there’s the Weekend Outdoor Market, which is more of a traditional flea market serving all of your crafty, antique-y and other interests.
The boy and I stopped at Eastern Market this past weekend, after I was picking up some pottery pieces I’d made at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (also extremely cool — check out their listing of summer classes here!). After sampling dribble-down-your-chin-good watermelon, just-made peanut butter, and a whole mess of tastiness from Eastern Market’s vendors, I know I’ll be heading back there ASAP.